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Arlington ISD Named 2014 Texas Outstanding School Board

The board of trustees from Arlington Independent School District was named the 2014 Outstanding School Board today at the TASA/TASB Convention in Dallas. The Texas Association of School Administrators' annual School Board Awards Program recognizes outstanding Texas school boards for their commitment to their students and their communities.

Arlington ISD was chosen from among five school board finalists. Each of the five finalists was interviewed on Friday by a committee of Texas school superintendents, chaired by the superintendent of last year's Outstanding School Board winner, René Gutiérrez of Edinburg CISD.

The selection committee's decision is based on several criteria, including the board's support for educational performance, support for educational improvement projects, commitment to a code of ethics, and maintenance of harmonious and supportive relationships among board members.

"The Arlington school board exhibits a unity among the trustees and the superintendent, truly exemplifying a Team of 8," said Gutiérrez. "This board has faced tremendous challenges and has had to make some bold decisions, but has clearly transformed its governance and restored public trust, making Arlington a model for all other boards across the state."

A district of about 65,000 students located in Tarrant County, Arlington serves a diverse population that is 44 percent Hispanic, 23 percent African American, and 68 percent economically disadvantaged.

In addition to Arlington ISD, the other four Honor Board finalists, as well as the Regional School Board winners were recognized during the Second General Session of the annual TASA/TASB Convention. The statewide finalists and Honor School Board Award recipients were:

  • Clear Creek ISD, ESC 4, superintendent Greg Smith
  • Plano ISD, ESC 10, superintendent Richard Matkin
  • Arlington ISD, ESC 11, superintendent Marcelo Cavazos
  • Midway ISD, ESC 12, superintendent George Kazanas
  • Culberson County-Allamoore ISD, ESC 18, superintendent Marc Puig

The four Regional Honor Boards were Palestine ISD (ESC 7), Aquilla ISD (ESC 12), Hutto ISD (ESC 13), and Northside ISD (ESC 20).

Since 1971, this prestigious program has honored school boards that have demonstrated dedication to student achievement and that make every effort to put students first.